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    It's amazing how easy it is sometimes. One kick and the locked door is open. Other times law enforcement used a heavy battering ram. Or axes.

    Sometimes a simple kick from behind.

    How much force is actually needed to open the locked door of a home? I'd say far more than one kick by most people. Possibly the battering ram thing they sometimes use would do the trick.
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    you've never kicked a door down?
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    oh wait!!!
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    I wanted a wood grain rubber door.

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    i wasnt always a saint
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
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    You got your kicks?

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    i've kicked in several doors. it's way easier than you would think.

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    Steel or fiberglass doors with steel frames are an entirely different matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    i've kicked in several doors. it's way easier than you would think.
    Sounds easier than I'd like to think.
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    Like anything else there is a trick to it. And, it depends on the door


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    i've kicked in several doors. it's way easier than you would think.
    after you kick a door in you realize it makes little sense to lock your own doors
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    Ordinary door jamb? Ordinary lock or deadbolt? You don't mind loud? Just go. Hit the door next to the deadbolt hard with your full body mass with bad intention. Use your heel (if you know how to put all your bodyweight behind your kick) or your shoulder (if you don't).

    I've never, uh, had experience with metal door jambs, or if there are multiple deadbolts spaced like you hear about in a gang house. Imagine they'd be more resistant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Ordinary door jamb? Ordinary lock or deadbolt? You don't mind loud? Just go. Hit the door next to the deadbolt hard with your full body mass with bad intention. Use your heel (if you know how to put all your bodyweight behind your kick) or your shoulder (if you don't).
    Make certain the door opens inward.
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    Er…

    I had a schoolmate three years above me who read theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge. This was 1968-71. Pete was in the habit of opening doors by giving them a good kick. He did this to a squash court door, and as it flew open, behind it, starting to pick himself up and very apologetic, was Prince Charles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    after you kick a door in you realize it makes little sense to lock your own doors


    or watch a few videos on lock picking! locks are just decoration

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    If you put a 5’ steel strap on the jamb under the sheetrock, along with a steel door, it may slow them down. A steel jamb helps as well. Depends on whether you want to keep them out or slow them down.

    They make deadbolts with a ball bearing that locks into the plate on the jamb. Also would slow them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
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    Everyone’s a hero punching a Sheetrock wall …………………………until you hit a stud and break your hand……. Damn I have no idea how I know this

    Oh and doors I’ve punched through one unlocked it and then proceeded to rip it off the hinges and throw it aside like the Hulk. That’ll teach them to slam and lock the door on me !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    or watch a few videos on lock picking! locks are just decoration
    I can recommend thelockpickinglawyer on YouTube. Picks it, disassembles it, tells you why it's carp, all inside of five minutes.
    The picking part, even on really high end locks, is almost alway way less than a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    Steel or fiberglass doors with steel frames are an entirely different matter.
    give me a lever long enough, and a fulcrum on which to place it


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    Quote Originally Posted by epoxyboy;[URL="tel:6730380"
    6730380[/URL]]I can recommend thelockpickinglawyer on YouTube. Picks it, disassembles it, tells you why it's carp, all inside of five minutes.
    The picking part, even on really high end locks, is almost alway way less than a minute.

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    Default Re: Kicking in doors on tv or in movies

    Halligans, post drivers, and sledge hammers are easier on the feet and shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    Make certain the door opens inward.
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    I had the DEA buy me a new door once.

    While sleeping over at Her house one night many years ago, She got a phone call asking for me. Not knowing who it was, She denied I was there. The caller then identified as a DEA agent and I called them back at my house. They said I should come home. When I got there, my door and frame were laying in splinters on the floor, and two large apes were sitting at my dining room table. They apologized and said they were looking for the previous resident. The previous resident had not lived there for over two years and in fact was listed in the phone book at his current residence.

    The feds bought me a very nice new door and a “little extra” for my troubles. I’m just glad I WASN’T there, or I may have been shot in my bed while reaching for the light switch.

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    Ever lose your padlock key? Don't need no bulky, attention getting boltcutters.
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    Rather than fight a door, it is often easier to break a window.
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    Or the credit card between the door and frame trick. If you are on that side of the door, the side you might get a credit card in, I’m pretty sure the latch bolt you expect to retract is beveled the other direction.

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    I could see the possibility of the kicker getting his foot stuck in a hollow core door.

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    Go through a window, jeesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    Make certain the door opens inward.
    Our door swings out. A little harder to kick in (but not why we did that).
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    The door itself isn't the deciding factor, what the bolt latches into is much more important. Most wooden doors have either a mortise with a strikeplate or some form of retention device screwed on the jamb. It comes down to how much meat the jamb has or how big the screws are. Softwood jambs are not very secure unless they are very thick. Just measure how thick the doorjamb is by the deadbolt mortise, or how long the screws that hold your receiver piece.

    Another problem is how well the jambs are secured to the walls, if the builder put in 2 screws per side and a load of sprayfoam the nice steel security door isn't much better then a wooden one.

    In Europe we have seen a big rise in popularity for so called safety doors, and if correctly installed they have proven a firefighters nightmare. They are steel, have multiple deadbolts all around the perimeter and the jambs are either welded to the rebar or secured with multiple approx. one foot long pieces of thick allthread epoxied into the brickwork.
    Some fire brigades have lockpicking training and big angle grinders or hydraulic jacks have become standard equipment.

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    I was researching and discussing commercial metal doors in another forum. Heavy steel jamb, steel door, fire rating, etc. A german guy said “we call that a door.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Or the credit card between the door and frame trick. If you are on that side of the door, the side you might get a credit card in, I’m pretty sure the latch bolt you expect to retract is beveled the other direction.


    Yes. So what you do is slip the card in above or below the latch and in as far as you can. Then move the card at an angle against the back side of the latch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    Yes. So what you do is slip the card in above or below the latch and in as far as you can. Then move the card at an angle against the back side of the latch.


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    not that you've ever tried that before or anything
    just you know, as the thread title suggests, 'as seen on tv'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    not that you've ever tried that before or anything
    just you know, as the thread title suggests, 'as seen on tv'


    I dont lock anything. I have housekeys but I dont even know where they are.

    Years ago, a girlfriend moved in who liked to lock the door. Id come home, no keys, so other methods were required.

    A flexible 1-inch putty knife works better than a credit card.


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    My MO is Breaking into storefront glass doors. Usually I drill out the lock cylinders while the landlord confirms that I am legit. No way he is getting a key to my space untill my tools are out.

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